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Summary: how We can experience the mountain tops with Jesus

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A View from the Mountain Top

To Experience the Mountain Top you need to

Let Jesus Lead Us

Look at Jesus as He Really is

Listen to Jesus Words to Us

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We were on vacation last week.

We went to visit Laura’s parents in Arizona.

Arizona is great.

Whenever we go there though, her parents like to plan small excursions.

I prepare mentally for this because I like down time.

The only thing that I told Laura that I wanted to do was climb Camelback Mountain.

We tried this a few years ago with the kids and we did not plan well enough either in time or water, so we never made it to the top.

This year, I wanted to give ourselves a full day to go and accomplish this feat.

So this past Monday, we ventured out to Camelback Mountain with plenty of water and plenty of time.

After waiting for our parking spot and taking care of bathroom duties, we began our trek.

We had to rest after the first 15 minutes.

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But it was a nice place for a family picture.

We continued on and made it to the top.

After a quick rest at the top,

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we were able to take in the beautiful view that it offered of the whole Phoenix area

It was exciting to climb camelback and to have seen the view from the Mountaintop.

How can we have that same experience in our spiritual life?

That is what I want to take a look at today.

If you would turn over to Matthew 17:1-9,

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we are going to take a look at Peter, James and John and the mountain top experience they had and draw out some principles for ourselves so we might be able to experience those spiritual mountain tops in our lives.

Matthew 17:1-9

1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. 2 There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light. 3 Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus.

4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters-one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah."

5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!"

6 When the disciples heard this, they fell facedown to the ground, terrified. 7 But Jesus came and touched them. "Get up," he said. "Don’t be afraid." 8 When they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus.

9 As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus instructed them, "Don’t tell anyone what you have seen, until the Son of Man has been raised from the dead."

(from New International Version)

If we are going to experience the spiritual mountain tops, we need to

Let Jesus Lead Us

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Matthew 17:1

1 After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. (from New International Version)

Peter, James and John were not going there own way.

They were following Jesus.

If we are going to experience Spiritual Mountain Tops, we need to Let Jesus Lead.


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